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Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

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Elijah Rock is an award-winning Actor, Singer, Writer, Producer and Entrepreneur. He is the 2014 NAACP Theatre Award recipient for Best Male Equity performer in "Breath and Imagination-The Story of Roland Hayes" written by award- winning playwright Daniel Beaty and staged at the renown Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA. This season, Elijah will reprise the role of Roland Hayes in Boston at ArtsEmerson in the world-renown Paramount Theatre (Jan 27-Feb. 8, 2015). Last season, Elijah also reprised the role at the prestigious Cleveland Playhouse with rave reviews. On January 13, 2015 Elijah was honored to sing the National Anthem at the State of City Address for Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh in Boston Symphony Hall. Recently, Rock appeared as a recurring guest star in the second season of "Masters of Sex" on Showtime. Rock is currently co-producing and starring in the biopic film "Lincoln Perry" to be directed by the award-winning writer/director, Antwone Fisher.

A founding executive with Lime Lion Group, LLC, Rock is merging Arts & Entertainment and internet technology. The start up is the worlds' premier provider of data, news, information technology, solutions, analytics and services that gives humanity access to a network of information, people and ideas so they can make better informed decisions during their talent scouting, content consumption, talent investment, collaboration or even when simply surveying the Arts & Entertainment industry landscape around them from their desktops, tablets or mobile devices. In content production, he is a member of Decipher Entertainment, which creates lifestyle through the art of cultivating rich and diverse images. Decipher constantly reevaluates between entertainment, the industry and it's interactivity in culture. Rock is dedicated to producing film content that has universal appeal and uniquely reflects our humanity.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Rock grew up singing in the church and was discovered by The Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus and The Cleveland Opera Children's Chorus where he fell in love with Classical Music, Broadway and Jazz. It's no wonder, that when he heard the likes of Paul Robeson, Billy Eckstine, Franco Corelli and Sammy Davis, Jr. on old recordings played by his Mother, he would find his musical calling and devote his life to the performing arts. As a high school youth, Rock studied classical voice at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp for two summers. In his senior year, he had the honor of being one of the first vocalists to be accepted into the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Young Artist Program. It was also in Cleveland, where he studied theatre drama, improvisational and sketch comedy at the Karamu House Theatre - the oldest long-running African American theatre in the country.

Rock's diverse skill set began landing him lead roles in theatre productions off-Broadway and in regional theatre's across the country. Plays include August Wilson's 'Cory' in "Fences," and 'Youngblood' in "Jitney," "Vaudeville" (a play with music), "To Be Young Gifted and Black" and "Hoodoo Love" (a play with music) as 'Ace of Spades.' Musicals include the iconic lead role of 'Coalhouse Walker Jr,' in "Ragtime," 'Adrian' in "Smokey Joe's Café," "Baby It's You," "Sophisticated Ladies," "Paradise," as 'Tater' (a World Premier Bluegrass Musical) and 'Anatoly' in "Chess" at the East West Players, LA. He was also a soloist for the renown 'Los Angeles Jubilee Singers,' singing Negro Spiritual music in concert halls around the world. Rock's short film 'Lunch with Jeremiah' in which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-stars, is currently making the film festival rounds; it has screened at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF), 2013 NYLA International Film Festival and the 2014 Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival

As a recording artist, Rock's first album, "Elijah Rock Preacher of Love. Vol 1." mixes funk, rock and gospel with captivating original songs and remakes of classic spirituals like Wade in the Water and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. With the new releases of his debut Jazz vocal Single, 'That First Time' and his debut Jazz Vocal EP, 'Elijah Rock LIVE in Hollywood,' now available on iTunes and Amazon, he says, "My original songs like 'That First Time, 'New York City Springtime' and "Pretty Little Baby" are reminiscent of the classic standards but with a new twist." His first music video is due to release soon! Rock is also a professional tap dancer. He has been hoofing since the age of ten and always credits his late teacher, Ed Bubba "Taps" Ferguson. Rock continues to study classical voice privately with Russian baritone, Vladimir Chernov and presently resides between Los Angeles, California and Harlem, New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Elijah Rock

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